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Craft - Terror Propaganda (7,5/10) - Sweden - 2002

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Selbstmord Services
Playing time: 38:12
Band homepage: Craft

Tracklist:

  1. Ablaze
  2. The Silence Thereafter
  3. Reaktor 4
  4. Hidden Under The Skin
  5. False Orders Begone
  6. N.D.P.
  7. 616
  8. Terror Propaganda
Craft - Terror Propaganda
Though CRAFT was founded way back in 1994, "Terror Propaganda", released in 2002, is only the second album by this Swedish Black Metal band. Their debut album, "Total Soul Rape" will be re-released on the same label, Selbstmord Services, that released this sophomore album by the band.

The brand of Black Metal that can be found on "Terror Propaganda" is best described as the older wave that reigned a long time ago. There is quite some melody in the guitar lines, but unlike the most melodic Black Metal bands, there are no keyboards at all, and the main part of the album is at a fairly high speed.

CRAFT does use numerous breaks in their music and has no fear to take the tempo down a few steps. Unlike most older Black Metal albums, the production on this album is very good; Of course it's still a very cold production, but you get my point. Songs like "Ablaze", "Reaktor 4" and "False Orders Begone"are definitely worth checking out! A negative point could be the very standard drumming. The guitars are good, but in no way do they move the genre forward. Nostalgia-wise, this albums sure does remind of times of old, which is definitely a plus, but to say it's something that is really new… no.

But in the pretty calm Black Metal scene that we have now it's always nice to be reminded of why we like this genre. CRAFT surely helps relives these old times with "Terror Propaganda". Nothing really new under the horizon, but interesting nonetheless. (Online October 15, 2002)

Vincent Portegijs



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